Thanks also to Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers for their focus on Children’s Literature of this meme!
Thanks to Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers for their focus on Children’s Literature of this meme!

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#NFPB2019- September 25, 2019

I’ve been away on a week-long cruise that sailed from Boston, Massachusetts to Halifax, Nova Scotia and back. I’ll work on those blog posts in the next few days as well as a September Update. I highly recommend checking out Cabot Creamery Co-operative and their Reward Volunteers program since they all made this happen.

I did get some reading done.


In Saint John, New Brunswick, my friend and I visited Saint John Central Public Library. I learned it was Orange Shirt Day, a Canadian day honoring the survivors of residential schools. I read David Robertson and Julie Flett’s When We Were Alone and decorated a shirt to show Every Child Matters. Apparently, it was a reread for me but it was the perfect read.


When We Were AloneWhen We Were Alone by David Alexander Robertson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love Julie Flett’s artwork. A young girl questions her grandmother about why she does certain things and the grandmother answers revealing a sad yet not depressing (nor defeating) time in her childhood. I wasn’t familiar with residential schools in Canada until now. I was hoping there’d be an author’s note on them to give readers a better understanding how damaging they were.

The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books MatterThe ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter by Leonard Marcus
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For lovers of children’s literature and those who were sad to miss The ABC of It exhibition in The New York Public Library a few years ago, this book is the next best thing. Readers will love looking at the images- including rare manuscript pages- as they learn the history of children’s literature.

I loved visiting bookstores- and libraries!- while I was traveling. I can’t wait to share which ones I went to. It’s that time to nominate a bookseller who you think deserves a holiday bonus! The deadline is just a few days away! James Patterson is once again awarding independent booksellers bonuses totaling $250,000. I encourage you to visit your favorite independent bookstore and get to know the staff. And nominate the one that has gone above and beyond your expectation! Deadline is October 12th. For complete rules and the nomination form, click here or the image below. And, why not give them a shout-out in the comments!


Review Notes
***= Liked It
****= Recommended
*****= Favorite

You can view all the books I’ve read at my Goodreads page.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy Reading!

3 thoughts on “My Reading Week #IMWAYR- October 7, 2019

  1. Oh, wow, your cruise and time there sounds wonderful, Earl, & visiting that library, too. I have When We Were Alone on my list, imagine it was a good read while there. I know about the ABC of It, but still haven’t made time to read it, know it will be good. Thanks!

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